Original Research

Global world, global mind: Narratives of the University of Hong Kong Worldwide Exchange students

Ivy C.C. Lai
Transformation in Higher Education | Vol 3 | a42 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/the.v3i0.42 | © 2018 Chun Chun Ivy Lai | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 April 2018 | Published: 27 September 2018

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Ivy C.C. Lai, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Background: ‘Internationalisation’ is what makes the University of Hong Kong (HKU) reputable. Ranked as the world top 25, in QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) 2019 World University Ranking, HKU provides students with ample opportunities to experience the global world, to possess a global mind. The HKU Worldwide Exchange Programme, established in 1998 by HKU, allows students to study abroad for a certain period to sharpen their global vision.

Settings: This study investigated how HKU facilitates ‘internationalisation’, which contributes to the international fame of HKU. Narratives by HKU Worldwide Exchange students (whose anonymous identities were preserved) were examined to explore the ways in which these students participate in the global world, with a global mind.

Aim: The research question structuring the study is: How does the participation in HKU Worldwide Exchange Programme prepare HKU students for the global world?

Method: This article addressed the ways in which HKU prepares students for the global world. The knowledge contribution to internationalisation in higher education in relation to student exchange programmes as a result could fill the gap in studies of transformation in higher education.

Result: Global attributes of HKU Worldwide Exchange students were found that contributes to their future careers. Being a global citizen is the ideal role of their careers, linking to a core mission of HKU.

Conclusion: More policies on carrying out student exchange programmes for HKU are recommended to benefit more future students. The future of these golden assets could bring a promising prospect for the transformation of HE.


The University of Hong Kong (HKU); internationalization; student exchange programmes; HKU worldwide exchange programme; narratives; voices; a global mind; the global world; transformation in higher education


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